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Race Preview: Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k 7/4/2014 (Portland, Oregon)

Foot Tarffic Flat Finisher Medal for 2014

Foot Tarffic Flat Finisher Medal for 2014

Do you like huge, beautiful finisher medals? What about some excellent post-race food? How about a race that is incredibly well-managed? These are all "must have" items for me when I participate in races, and the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k, occurring on July 4, 2014, is certain to be absolutely awesome. Registration opportunities for the Flat are nearing the "sold out" stage.  This means, if you are at all interested in racing, you must get registered right away; like, today! I don't want anyone to have the desire to participate, but find out even later this week that the Flat has sold out. Custom race bibs are still available until June 1, assuming the event has not sold out by then. The bibs are really cool, too (picture below!). I'll be racing in the half marathon, and I am exceptionally excited to participate in this event. I have heard nothing but stellar things, and honestly, am surprised I haven't participated in it prior to this year! I'm lame like that sometimes. Here are some of the highlights that I, personally, am looking forward to the most:

  • Fourth of July tradition in Portland onSauvie Island

    2014 Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k 7/4/2014

    2014 Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k 7/4/2014

  • Exceptionally flat, ultra fast course
  • Sauvie Island fresh strawberry shortcake (I’ve heard from past participants that running 26.2 or 13.1 miles is completely worth it just for this!) and traditional 4th of July food (hot dogs/veggie dogs)
  • Boston qualifier marathon course (!!! remember, this is a REALLY flat and EXCEPTIONALLY fast course)
  • Fantastic finisher medal for the marathon and half marathon

Entry fees are reasonable for the Flat. Currently, registration costs are: $88 for the full marathon or $70 for the half marathon, which includes a tech shirt and finisher medal until June 10th. The 5k is $38 with tech shirt, also until June 10th.

You will notice a shuttle is available to get the the starting line. Parking on Sauvie Island is tight (it’s an island after all, so this makes perfect sense). When registering, consider purchasing a shuttle ticket to avoid potential parking headaches. Shuttle tickets may also be purchased for spectators coming to cheer you on!

Same day packet pick-up begins at 5:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. for the marathon, 6:40 a.m. for the 5k, and 6:50 a.m. for the half marathoners. This is awesome because 1) we will beat any potential heat for the 4th of July (it usually is a pretty nice day in the PNW on the Fourth!), 2) we can get back home and enjoy the entire day full for festivities with friends and family, and know we got our run-on already!

Foot Traffic Flat Custom Bib Available if Registered Prior to June 1

Foot Traffic Flat Custom Bib Available if Registered Prior to June 1

Check out the course map for all the race distances. Remember … all race distances are SUPER flat and fast. Make sure any spectators you have coming with you know that they can not drive around the island to cheer you on; only local island related traffic is allowed during the race. Instead, they can ride bicycles or hang out at the finish line and enjoy the incredible Pumpkin Patch! Love this place.

All finishers of the marathon and half marathon will receive a finisher medal. Awards will be presented to overall male and female finishers for each distance. Random prizes will be handed out as folks cross the finish line.

After you cross that marvelous finish line, make sure to hang out for awhile and cheer on fellow participants, but also to enjoy the note-worthy post-race food! I’ve heard awesome things about the Flat’s post-race! We’ll have island fresh strawberry shortcake, and hot-dogs/veggie-dogs, compliments of the Pumpkin Patch. I can’t wait!

So get registered fast! Don’t miss out, and don’t let this one sell out before you secure your very own race bib! I hope to see lots and lots of you out there, running with me on the Fourth and participating in the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k!

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Distance: Marathon, half-marathon, 5k
Start Time: Marathon starts at 6:30 a.m., 5k at 6:40 a.m., half-marathon at 6:50 a.m.
Cost: $88 for the marathon, $70 for the half-marathon and $38 for the 5k until June 10th, 2014
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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